Monday, April 23, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 17 Day 1

Our reading challenge for the day is 1 Samuel 1-5. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

1 Samuel 1 - Compare Hannah’s patience with ours. She was tormented year after year and did not give up hope. We also torment God by our mistrust, yet he does not abandon us.

1 Samuel 2 - Compare Samuel and Christ. Compare the sons of Eli to the faithless leaders of Jesus’ time and to us.

1 Samuel 3 - Sometimes the words of God are very difficult for us. As with Eli we also need to hear and respond in faith.

1 Samuel 4 - The people of Israel wanted to use the ark and God’s presence as a good luck charm. What disaster God brings when we treat him as our talisman.

1 Samuel 5 - The Philistines took the ark of God. But they were not able to dominate the God of the ark. Jesus said the gates of Hell would not prevail against his Church.

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